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[Total: 0    Average: 0/5] You must sign in to vote This 3 to 4 inch (70 to 100 mm) large bodied, burrowing spider is commonly seen during the summer rainy season in southwestern deserts. The female is usually a uniform tan color. The male has black legs, a copper-colored cephalothorax and a reddish abdomen. Their burrows can be as large as 1 to 2 inches (25 to 50 mm) in diameter, with some strands of silk across the opening.The Arizona blond tarantula is typically found in saguaro-dominated plant communities. There are many similar species throughout the desert southwest, but they are difficult to differentiate.Tarantulas are nocturnal predators that never venture far from their burrows unless it is mating season. In winter they plug their burrows with soil, rocks, and silk and survive in a relatively inactive state. During this time the animals live off stored fat reserves. Tarantulas have an interesting defensive capability in addition to venom. Some of the hairs on the top of the abdomen are specialized for defense. These urticating hairs, as they are called, are tipped with backward pointing barbs. If a tarantula is threatened in any way, it brushes these hairs into the face, paw or other body part of its attacker. Once these hairs are embedded, they are irritating and very difficult to remove because of the barbs. Video Rating: / 5

9 Comments

  • Ethan Fields 2 years ago

    aww

  • Azael González 2 years ago

    Congratulations its a beautiful spider.

  • Cheesus 2 years ago

    So if mine grows to be a male and decides he NEEDS to get out to mate can I assume I'm going to lose a huge, horny spider in my house, no matter how strong I think his containment is?

  • TarantulaColin 2 years ago

    Very great beginner tarantula! I've picked these things up in captivity and in the while and have never even gotten so much as a hair flicked at me. 

  • reynante alibuyog 2 years ago

    What type of wood is that bark?

  • tommy rodriguez 2 years ago

    Its a female that's what think

  • Robert Carr 2 years ago

    So cute! I have a four inch female and sixty others! I collect various species. 

  • XtremeKatfishn 2 years ago

    Yep…

  • oldntatted 2 years ago

    Man, the guys never get a break.

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